Monday, May 26, 2008

Not As Easy As It Used to Be

Mac: This ain't gonna be easy.
Indiana Jones : Not as easy as it used to be.
-Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

University professor Henry Jones, Jr. specializes in education and adventure. Perhaps if he were employed in a K-12 facility, he would find both aspects of his life combined in the daily realities of public school teaching.

Indiana Jones: Not as easy as it used to be.
With curriculum driven by high-stakes standardized testing, there is little flexibility or room for experimentation. Unless innovation translates into immediate results, it is neither sought nor encouraged.

Mutt Williams: You're a "teacher"?
Indiana Jones: Part time
Most teachers must combine instruction with an endless stream of paperwork and numerous professional development requirements.

Mutt Williams: Professor, this really is a dead end!
Indiana Jones: [opens a hidden door] Come on Genius.
The creative teacher will try to share meaningful learning experiences with students regardless of whether tools and technologies are blocked (or non-existent).

Agent Irina Spalko: Belief, Dr. Jones, is a gift you have not experienced. My sympathies.
Belief is the gift that makes teaching worth the time and trouble. Belief in students, belief in the future...Indy did experience that gift, and so do teachers around the globe.

"Their treasure wasn't gold, it was knowledge. Knowledge was their treasure. " -Indiana Jones


Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved the movie and your take on the quotes from it! My favorite quote was from Dr. Oxley: "How much of human life is lost in waiting?"

John Martin

diane said...


I liked that quote, too. And as both a teacher and a parent, I enjoyed the way that Indy's advice to Mutt changed from "Don't let anyone stop you from doing what you like to do" to "You have to finish your education" once he found out that the boy was his son!


Lee Ann Spillane said...

I can't wait to see the movie now! I love how you put the movie and teaching together-- I enjoy collecting those golden lines too.

Carolyn Foote said...

Love your comment about belief.

I think teachers who find success with students are those who believe in their potential, and continue to believe in them.

diane said...

Lee Ann,

There were a lot of other zingers - should have live blogged it!


You show your belief in your blog, you messages online, and I'm sure, in your daily interaction at school :-)